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SPOILERS!


Transformers Rescue Bots, Episodes 3: "Hotshots"

New episode of Rescue Bots. Yay! Couldn't find a decent picture for it though. Naaaay.


Blades and Dani takes center stage in this episode and you can hear my squeal halfway around the world. Blades is adorable. Cowardly, yet well meaning; awkward, yet friendly - he's a sweetie. Even his moments of ego here just comes off as a natural reaction. After feeling useless for a good while (especially for a guy like him), it only makes sense that he'll take in his new shovel claw and newfound glory with a bit of pride and OMG did I mention how adorable he is? At one point, he bows and @*&!!&!*@& THE CUTENESS I CANNOT TAKE IT! Friggin' HELL, Blades, I'd so buy your toy (intended for preschoolers be damned!) if it wasn't so demonically fugly.

Hilariously, Blades' current glory pisses Heatwave the most because he's a prideful jerkass. XD All the characters react well with each other; I adore the sense of continuity when Kade still debates with Heatwave. Boulder is the one who takes in Blades' new claw easily and the last bot to grow annoyed with. Except Chase, but he's awfully quiet about this whole thing, probably as a mean to keep professional. The human siblings interact just as well. Kade gets pissy when the spotlight is taken, Dani is stubborn, and the youngest has to keep relative peace when his dad won't. There's a bit of subplot with Cody when he feels as left out as Dani and Blades did, but I think this portion was a bit unnecessary. It's kind of slapped in there because they probably needed the target audience onscreen at all times. Otherwise, it's a good episode and a nice character study. Nothing as intense or amazing as "Under Pressure", but it gets the job done.

Rescue Bots continues to exceed my expectations. There's an amazing level of attention to its characters. There isn't a sense of awkward dialogues or an abundance of cheesy one-liners, nor are they trying too hard. The characters may be a series of tropes, but none of them are bland. They have chemistry with each other. It all just flows and feels so natural. In just three episodes, Rescue Bots is doing what Transformers Prime took an entire season to do (and whether that series will get out of its stupor is debatable). I'm already fond of these characters and I expect to love them more as the series further.
:star::star::star::star: OUT OF FIVE

And since I couldn't find a decent pic for this episode, here's an official clipart of police chief Charlie Burns.


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HOLY SHIT THAT IS RIDICULOUSLY HOT! God, no wonder he and his unseen wife had four kids! I'd do him in a heartbeat!



BONUS OBSERVATIONS

BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE MY WORD FOR IT: Doc Greene must be on the same sedatives that Orion currently possesses if he isn't freaking out over his incredibly dangerous invention. Again, where are they and can I have some?

LONGEST INTRO EVER: It takes 2:37 minutes before the opening credits.

DRILL POWER: No, I did not think dirty thoughts when Dani was installing the claw on Blades.

VOLTRON MEGAZORD GUNDAM GO: The way the humans are still inside the Autobots in alt mode reminds me of the giant robot genre. I half expect them to combine. It's kind of neat. But seeing the robots' faces onscreen for the humans is just…weird.

THE ORACLE IS A SMALL BLONDE-HAIRED BOY: While Cody does get to go out with his family, my prediction that he's behind a computer to be their eye seems to be coming true.

"TAKE IT FROM SOMEONE WHOSE CONTROLS GET A SERIOUS WORK OUT WHEN YOU'RE MAD:" Seriously, I'm not thinking of anything dirtyWHATAREYOULOOKINGAT?

THE HEAT'S ON YOU: Blades expresses concern that Dani and Cody will bake from the fire as long as they're inside him. Last episode, Kade and Heatwave survived the lava heat. But Blades comparing them to "snickerdoodles" is just darling. It's almost absurd, but it's the kind of dialogue I like with none of the corniness.

BEST QUOTE: "If you yell, she's just going to yell back." XD, that is all.  

WORST QUOTE: "A boulder as big as a house is coming right down on top of you." I'm not entirely sure why I think this line is bad. Probably because "big as a house" sounds too cliché or maybe because that analogy is unnecessary. It's a hefty sentence that could be solved by, "Big boulder coming your way!" For Pete's sake, kid, time is of the essence! I have no idea really; it just bothered me.



Transformers Prime, Episodes 28: "Orion Pax: Part 2"

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I actually don't have much to say about this episode. Not that it's bad, but because it's suffers the same thing most middle episodes of a trilogy tends to suffer from: padding and general dullness. Indeed, it takes till the last seven minutes before the Autobots accomplish their goals to get Jack into Cybertron and the reminder of their time there produces absolutely nothing until the very end. Again, it's clear they're saving the best for the final episode. Unlike "One Shall Rise: Part 2" though, "Orion Pax: Part 2" is a lot more entertaining despite it. It has nothing to do with the episode as a whole as much as it is the little things that truly make it the superior middle-episode.

Again, action is taken to a minimum so it can focus on character development. Once again, I don't mind. Arcee mourns her dead planet. Optimus starts to question his role when Starscream lets slip that Megatron is more than who he seems. As much as I want the Orion Pax thing to go on longer, I'll admit his reluctance and resourcefulness is a nice, organic progression. Ratchet's temporarily leadership gets better, but he still scoffs with the best of them. "What does gym have to do with space bridges?!" Beautiful, Jeffery Combs, beautiful. Starscream is all over the damn place emotionally, but he's always best whenever he displays a number of personality traits. Not only does he continue to stand out, but he gets some nice manipulative moments while simultaneously down on his luck. Only Starscream could somehow make bad karma appealing. Or at least tolerable. And at one point, Fowler has to pretend to be a Vehicon to keep Breakdown from suspecting when he checks up on the Decepticon space bridge base. Breakdown's "I know it's tough, hang in there" line to his crew is a bit telling because yeah, Breakdown understands what's it like to not be appreciated and to work hard to be acknowledged. Man, I really hope they work on his potential story arc.

All of these are small moments, but they add a lot to the characters' personalities and growth. For once, I honestly did not sense stilted mannerisms, terrible dialogues /one-liners, and awkward, bland interactions between the casts. They flow much better here. Good golly, I think Transformers Prime finally got it. And even if it's too early to assume that, it's heading in the right direction.
:star::star::star:and a Half OUT OF FIVE



BONUS OBSERVATIONS

MY BEST FRIEND THE BOSS: Why does Orion call his buddy "Lord Megatron?" They're suppose to be best friends. All episodes prior involving their relationship (sans the one before this one) indicate that the two were equal chums. What is this "Lord" nonsense? Megatron is Orion's BFF, not his employer.

"I MADE A MISTAKE NOT TERMINATING STARSCREAM WHEN I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY; A MISTAKE I DO NOT INTEND TO MAKE AGAIN:" You promise?

OH, FOR PETE'S SAKE: Starscream wounded. STOP. MAKING. ME. PITY. YOU.

"DOCTOOOOR:" Hear that explosion? That was my lady parts that what done spontaneously combusted. The way he nodded his head during that time made it look like he winked, too.


Well kiddies, you know what that means!


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THE WORD OF THE DAY IS "SILENCE": After the Autobots dismantle a group of Decepticons, one lone Vehicon tries to call for backup. Bulkhead smacks him dead and Ratchet responds by putting a finger to his lips. "Shhh." Hilarious. Amazing. Ratchet is KING.

HUMAN CONTACT CRUSHING TARGET AUDIENCE'S INDIFFERENCE: Why doesn't June hug her son when he's about to go into Cybertron? Or for that matter, at any point in the episode? Her only child is about to risk his very life on an extremely dangerous mission! For that matter, Dani and Cody only hold hands in "Hotshots" instead of hugging when they're surrounded by fire and close to death. Hell, at least they held hands! I'm not taking the excuse that both series is intended for little boys; hugging isn't something that'll automatically turn them away from either shows.

REEEEEEEEEEEEEAL SMOOTH: Fowler places an arm around June. Canonically, it's likely to just comfort her, but could it be foreshadowing a future romance between the two?

CLEVER GIRL: "Thank you, Starscream. … Who else would it be?"

BEST QUOTE: "You've always wanted to be an astronaut." It's all in the delivery. Markie Post conveys a woman who is trying to hold it all in. You can hear June's voice breaking and the line comes off as both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

WORST QUOTE: "You speak in many riddles, Starscream." This is an example of a line that tries to sound poignant, but comes off corny. Then again, Optimus Prime's general fortune cookie personality is corny, so maybe this is just in-character. And that's sad.

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KittenCuddles Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
I LOVE BLADES!!!!!!!!!! So yeah, to hell with age recommendations on shows, I'll watch children's crap if I want to!
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Metalchick36 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved both shows!

Rescue Bots: Poor Blades! He told his comrades not to laugh at him, and they still did!

Prime: I loved that part where Fowler asked Breakdown "So...how are you?" I was like "Star Wars reference!" (you know the part with Han Solo on the Death Star)

I was hoping that Starscream would've told Optimus that he's the real leader of the Decepticons, or when he was being chased, I wish he had grabbed Optimus to whisk him away.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"(you know the part with Han Solo on the Death Star)"

No, I don't actually. Shameful confession; I have never seen the original Star Wars trilogy. So yeah, that was not what I was thinking of when that scene popped up. Sorry.
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Metalchick36 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're the second TF fan to confess to not seeing Star Wars! I grew up with the original trilogy so I've seen it hundreds of times.

Anyways, I'll give it to you in a nutshell. Luke and Han go the the prison area in the death star to rescue Princess Leia. They end up in a shootout with the Storm troopers and take them all out. Once the smoke clears, Han calls up the supervisors on the comlink and tells them everything's fine, a gun mal-functioned and went off, then the reactor is leaking, then he asks "how are you?" but they get suspicious and ask "Who are you, what's your number?" So Han shoots at the communicator.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh. Well, one day I'll get around to seeing the movie just for the sake that it's pretty much mandatory to watch the original Star Wars. XD
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TavalyaRa Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
"Rescue Bots" really is an adorable, happy little show. Actually, wasn't this what MLP was before the characters got too obnoxious? Anyway, it's nothing that I'll be rewatching, but it is something that I'll keep watching just because the character interaction makes it a nice little slice of sunshine.

Doc Greene must be on the same sedatives that Orion currently possesses if he isn't freaking out over his incredibly dangerous invention.

Nah, I get the impression he's just distracted too much by his enthusiasm for science- or completely baked- then an unemotional brick.

DRILL POWER: No, I did not think dirty thoughts when Dani was installing the claw on Blades.

It is Rescue Bots! Have some shame! (Yeah, I'm totally not trying to figure out who would be the parents of the main bots if Cybertronians reproduced that way.)

Arcee mourns her dead planet.

This moment was quite striking to me. I'm starting to really like Arcee.

As much as I want the Orion Pax thing to go on longer, I'll admit his reluctance and resourcefulness is a nice, organic progression.

I agree about the organic feel of the progression, however I still feel that they could have legitimately made this last longer. I really would have appreciated Optimus doing something he later finds regrettable- but that avenue (Optimus fighting as a Decepticon) was shut down by all the BS about him "reverting" to Orion Pax since he no longer has the Matrix. This absolutely infuriates me. I understand the Matrix endowing him with certain abilities and powers, but what, he's only a leader because the Matrix gave him the programming? What the hell! Shouldn't it, yanno, have something to do with his character? This show so often has potential for depth yet goes a shallower route. They get it right certain characters- Arcee and June especially- but not others.

And even if it's too early to assume that, it's heading in the right direction.

I'm more skeptical. I think the show is getting better, but is still not being quite daring enough.

Megatron is Orion's BFF, not his employer.

Overspill from bedroom activities? Come on, Optimus thrumming "Lord Megatron" respectfully has to be one of the dumbblock's fantasies. (Yeah, it bugged me, too.)

OH, FOR PETE'S SAKE: Starscream wounded. STOP. MAKING. ME. PITY. YOU.

I think Hasbro is doing this wrong. We're NOT supposed to pity Starscream or get mad at Megatron for abusing him. I didn't feel that way about TFA Starscream (well, a little, but I could tell it was my fangirlness getting in the way of rationality)- I mean, the infamous Death Montage was hysterical rather than cringe-worthy. They're hitting entirely the wrong emotional notes here.

Why doesn't June hug her son when he's about to go into Cybertron?

I don't know, but otherwise I thought the episode did a great job of conveying her emotional turmoil. It was the right move for the writers to let her in on the secret.

Fowler places an arm around June. Canonically, it's likely to just comfort her, but could it be foreshadowing a future romance between the two?

I had a feeling that he was focused on reassuring June by snagging the NASA equipment for Jack. I'm sure he would have done this anyway, but my impression was that he was talking it up for June's benefit. It was sweet, but I don't see the attraction. I mean, I see Fowler's attraction to June pretty clearly, but I don't see any indication of June feeling the same. Perhaps they'll mean to develop this more, since there are sound reasons for June just not being receptive to any attention of that sort right now (she's naturally far more focused on Jack and the situation) rather than not interested at all. But I still don't see it.

Then again, Optimus Prime's general fortune cookie personality is corny, so maybe this is just in-character. And that's sad.

*takes a deep breath* Everyone is going to maul me for this, but perhaps Peter Cullen was the wrong choice for voicing Optimus Prime. This sort of archtypical performance was good for the eighties, it was good for the movies when nobody have much character, but in "Prime" it truly prevents Optimus from becoming more character than symbol.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Anyway, it's nothing that I'll be rewatching, but it is something that I'll keep watching just because the character interaction makes it a nice little slice of sunshine."

I'm kind of in that boat where I think I will be fine owning it on DVD (SHAME, SHAAAAME), but I seriously doubt this would be the kind of series to get a boxed set given its aimed at a younger crowd. But still, I wouldn't mind owning one. (SHAME SHAAAAME)

"Nah, I get the impression he's just distracted too much by his enthusiasm for science- or completely baked- then an unemotional brick."

I didn't say he was unemotional.

"This show so often has potential for depth yet goes a shallower route."

I've been saying this for a year, but does anyone listen to me? Noooo. XD

"I think Hasbro is doing this wrong. We're NOT supposed to pity Starscream or get mad at Megatron for abusing him. I didn't feel that way about TFA Starscream (well, a little, but I could tell it was my fangirlness getting in the way of rationality)- I mean, the infamous Death Montage was hysterical rather than cringe-worthy. They're hitting entirely the wrong emotional notes here."

I'm still ashamed to admit to feeling even an ounce of pity for this guy. I know better than this.

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"I don't know, but otherwise I thought the episode did a great job of conveying her emotional turmoil. It was the right move for the writers to let her in on the secret."

Same. The "astronaut" line especially. That is good voice acting there.

"I had a feeling that he was focused on reassuring June by snagging the NASA equipment for Jack. I'm sure he would have done this anyway, but my impression was that he was talking it up for June's benefit. It was sweet, but I don't see the attraction. I mean, I see Fowler's attraction to June pretty clearly, but I don't see any indication of June feeling the same. Perhaps they'll mean to develop this more, since there are sound reasons for June just not being receptive to any attention of that sort right now (she's naturally far more focused on Jack and the situation) rather than not interested at all. But I still don't see it."

By "foreshadow", I don't specifically mean anything the two feel currently or necessary meaning the hand placement is meant as a romantic gesture from a canonical POV. I know there's no romantic thoughts between the two - especially June! This is mostly just theoretical guesses on possible future stories. I actually don't ship these two and when I made that TF Prime predication, I only added that in with the general thought that the two main adult humans would get together because fiction tends to dictate them to (of course, by that logic, main girl and guy Jack and Miko would be hinted as such and thank God Sierra exists because as uninteresting as she is, the thought of anyone being with Miko is equivalent to driving a nail in your foot). If there is anything I want from June, it's an episode entirely from her perspective. That's what I want.
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TavalyaRa Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm kind of in that boat where I think I will be fine owning it on DVD (SHAME, SHAAAAME), but I seriously doubt this would be the kind of series to get a boxed set given its aimed at a younger crowd. But still, I wouldn't mind owning one. (SHAME SHAAAAME)

This is exactly the kind of show that would get a few episodes released on DVD at a time, since it's the sort of thing parents might park the kiddies in front of (or get to deal with the propensity of young children to want to watch the same thing over and over- I remember being like this). If it gets a DVD release, expect it to be mini-sets of random episodes.

I didn't say he was unemotional.

No, but you compared him to Optimus, who is all but unemotional.

I've been saying this for a year, but does anyone listen to me? Noooo. XD

Lots of people listen, just not the ones who count.

I'm still ashamed to admit to feeling even an ounce of pity for this guy. I know better than this.

I don't think Hasbro is trying to make Starscream a woobie, unless they're more perceptive of their peripheral audience than I believe. I am convinced the Jettwins of TFA were intentionally supposed to appeal to the yaoi crowd.

I know there's no romantic thoughts between the two - especially June!

I didn't mean I didn't see the foreshadowing, because I do. Sorry, I should have been clearer- I don't see any attraction or appeal from June's end. I do from Fowler. He's probably already aware of feelings for June, but even if he is not, he is manifesting them. As a side note, he's becoming a more reasonable authority figure and funny and helpful rather than annoying, so that's another improvement to the show.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"No, but you compared him to Optimus, who is all but unemotional."

I was trying to make a running gag of what I said about sedative pills and Optimus in the last episode review. XD

"I didn't mean I didn't see the foreshadowing, because I do. Sorry, I should have been clearer-"

That or I misread. Either way, it happens. *shrugs*

"As a side note, he's becoming a more reasonable authority figure and funny and helpful rather than annoying, so that's another improvement to the show."

I think I warmed up to Fowler before you did; he's no Fanzone, but I like his personality. He's hardheaded, but has terribly too many hilarious moments (the emu goes "EUUUUUHHHHH!" XD) I get what you mean regardless.

On a side-note, I'm anticipating the last part of "Orion Pax" because if your journal rant (and my agreement to said journal rant) is correct...god, I have a lot of shit to write about this for the Toonzone Blog then! *puts on armor* COME AT ME INTERNET.
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TavalyaRa Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I was trying to make a running gag of what I said about sedative pills and Optimus in the last episode review. XD

Yes, I'm aware of this. Whatever medication the Doc is on, it's either not the same as Optimus' or a weaker dosage. I say he's just stoned.

he's no Fanzone

Fanzone was just great, defying the stereotypes typical of your cartoon cop characters and being badass in his own, hilarious way. (The stuff this guy didn't even blink at- makes you wonder if Detroit wasn't this damn crazy even before the Autobots showed up.)

On a side-note, I'm anticipating the last part of "Orion Pax" because if your journal rant (and my agreement to said journal rant) is correct...

Even if they don't restore Optimus' memories in the next episode, it is still very unlikely Orion will take any action against the Autobots. The more probable alternate route is that Megatron imprisons Orion, giving us all fodder for bondage fics. Hasbro... this is not the kind of kinkiness I ordered. :|
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